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Boundary between Iraqi, Kurdish territories divides communities

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Boundary between Iraqi, Kurdish territories divides communities

- Abu Jarbuah, Iraq: As Omar Rashad’s combine clutters down the barley field in northern Iraq, the farmer shields his eyes from the scorching sun and points at the tall berm at the end of his land, just past a cluster of agricultural buildings. The berm he points to marks the de facto border between federal Iraq and its self-governing Kurdish region in the north

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Daesh-claimed suicide bombings kill 35 in Iraq

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Daesh-claimed suicide bombings kill 35 in Iraq

- BAGHDAD: Suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and south Iraq claimed by the Daesh group killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more, officials said on Saturday. The bombings, which hit Iraq the previous night, came as Iraqi forces battle Daesh in Mosul in a massive operation launched more than seven months ago to retake the country’s second city from the terrorists

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ISIS-claimed suicide bombings kill 35 in Iraq: Officials

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ISIS-claimed suicide bombings kill 35 in Iraq: Officials

- BAGHDAD (AFP) - Suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and south Iraq claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more, officials said on Saturday (May 20). The bombings, which hit Iraq the previous night, came as Iraqi forces battle IS in Mosul in a massive operation launched more than seven months ago to retake the country's second city from the jihadists

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300 veterans celebrate birthday of Hamilton boy whose dad died in Iraq

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300 veterans celebrate birthday of Hamilton boy whose dad died in Iraq

- HAMILTON, Ohio When Katie Luff asked her son, Aiden Luff, what kind of birthday party her son wanted, he said a party with a military theme. All veterans. Army. Navy. Air Force. Marines. If you served, Aiden wanted you to be invited. On Nov. 21, 2010, when Aiden was only 5 months old, his father, Sgt. David James Luff Jr., 29, died in Tikrit, Iraq, after insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire, the Department of Defense said

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US ramps up Daesh endgame effort

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US ramps up Daesh endgame effort

- Washington: The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy Daesh, even as US-backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists’ two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria. The roughly 100-mile stretch of Daesh-controlled territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border could represent the start of an endgame for defeating an extremist group that had gobbled up large swaths of territory in the heart of the Middle East, at one point even threatening Baghdad

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Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for victory in Mosul

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Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for victory in Mosul

- ‘‘Thirty, what’s new? . . . 120, do you read me? What’s up?’’ the militant radio operator asked. About 40 minutes later the first US-led coalition airstrike hit, as Iraqi forces pushed across a main road and began clearing the neighborhood’s narrow streets. Over the next 12 hours, more than 10 coalition airstrikes hit al-Rifai’s eastern edge. Most targeted small teams of two or three fighters manning sniper rifles or machine guns so that Iraq’s special forces units could advance on the ground

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UN says 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as fighting intensifies

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UN says 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as fighting intensifies

- Arbil: The United Nations said on Thursday up to 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as Iraqi forces push into the last districts held by Daesh militants. Iraqi authorities and aid agencies are already struggling to cope with a surge in displacement since security forces opened a new front against the militants in Mosul earlier this month. Backed by a US-led coalition, Iraqi forces have dislodged the Daesh from all but about 12 square kilometres of the city and are seeking to claim victory before the month of Ramadan in less than two weeks

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US presses idea of Nato taking over training of Iraq troops

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US presses idea of Nato taking over training of Iraq troops

- ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AFP) - The top US military commander floated the idea late Wednesday (May 17) of Nato assuming some responsibility for training troops in Iraq after Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces there are defeated. The 28-member Atlantic alliance "might be uniquely posturing to provide a training mission for an enduring period of time" in Iraq, General Joe Dunford told reporters during his flight back to the United States from Brussels, where he attended a planning meeting ahead of next week's Nato summit

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Soldier who lost leg in Iraq on bid for Congress: 'DC does not intimidate me'

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Soldier who lost leg in Iraq on bid for Congress: 'DC does not intimidate me'

- Clayton Hinchman lost his right leg while on a combat mission in Iraq. "I know what a battlefield is like," he said. "And the battlefield in DC does not intimidate me." Brooks could still run for his House seat next year should his Senate bid be unsuccessful. "Looking back, I took more out of Iraq than it ever took out of me," Hinchman said

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ISIS on 'brink of total defeat' in Mosul as coalition forces recapture 90 per cent of city

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ISIS on 'brink of total defeat' in Mosul as coalition forces recapture 90 per cent of city

- BAGHDAD (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - Iraqi forces have recaptured nearly 90 per cent of west Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and Islamists in the city are on the "brink of total defeat", military spokesmen said on Tuesday (May 16). Iraqi forces launched the massive operation to retake Mosul from ISIS nearly seven months ago, fighting their way to the extremist-held city, retaking its eastern side and then attacking the west

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Soldier who lost leg in Iraq running for Congress in north Alabama

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Soldier who lost leg in Iraq running for Congress in north Alabama

- A former soldier who lost a leg while serving in Iraq has announced plans to run for Congress. Hinchman, a native of Angleton, Texas, is running as a Republican for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks - though Brooks on Monday announced his campaign to run for Senate later this year. If that campaign is not successful, Brooks could still seek a fifth term in the House of Representatives next year

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in 'final stages'

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in 'final stages'

- HAMAM AL-ALIL, IRAQ — The fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group is approaching its "final stages," a senior U.S. official said Monday. Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition against the IS, said Iraqi forces are "completely defeating" IS in one of the most difficult urban battles since World War II. But local Iraqi officials say they will need more funding from the U

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in 'final stages'

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in 'final stages'

- By SUSANNAH GEORGE Associated Press HAMAM AL-ALIL, IRAQ (AP) - The fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group is approaching its "final stages," a senior U.S. official said Monday. Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition against the IS, said Iraqi forces are "completely defeating" IS in one of the most difficult urban battles since World War II

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in ‘final stages’

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in ‘final stages’

- HAMAM AL-ALIL, IRAQ | A senior U.S. official says the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group is approaching its “final stages.” Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition against IS, says Iraqi forces are “completely defeating” IS in one of the most difficult urban battles since World War II. But he says local Iraqi officials say they will need more funding from the U

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Militants kill two Iraqi police in anti-IS stronghold

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Militants kill two Iraqi police in anti-IS stronghold

- Militants killed two police today in Haditha in a rare attack inside a town west of Baghdad that tribesmen and security forces successfully defended against repeated jihadist assaults, officials said. When the Islamic State group seized swathes of territory in Anbar and elsewhere in Iraq, Haditha was one of the largest Sunni Arab population centres in the country not to fall to the jihadists

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HHSC inspector general forced to resign over work for Iraq lobbyist

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HHSC inspector general forced to resign over work for Iraq lobbyist

- Texas Health and Human Services Inspector General Stuart Bowen was forced to resign Wednesday night after Gov. Greg Abbott discovered that Bowen was moonlighting for a lobbying firm that represents the Iraqi government. According to an unsigned contract provided to the American-Statesman by the Health and Human Services Commission, Bowen was to provide “strategic advice” to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck regarding its work with the government of Iraq

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  • Boundary between Iraqi, Kurdish territories divides communities
    Boundary between Iraqi, Kurdish territories divides communities

    , gulfnews.com

    Abu Jarbuah, Iraq: As Omar Rashad’s combine clutters down the barley field in northern Iraq, the farmer shields his eyes from the scorching sun and points at the tall berm at the end of his land, just past a cluster of agricultural buildings. The berm he points to marks the de facto border between federal Iraq and its self-governing Kurdish region in the north

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  • Iran leapfrogs Iraq as India's no. 2 oil supplier in February
    Iran leapfrogs Iraq as India's no. 2 oil supplier in February

    , trend.az

    The jump meant Iran replaced regional rival Iraq as India's second-biggest oil supplier - a role Tehran used to occupy before Western sanctions were imposed against it over the country's disputed nuclear program. While Saudi Arabia remained the biggest oil supplier to India, ship tracking data and a report compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research and Forecasts showed imports from Iran rose to 647,000 barrels per day (bpd) in February

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  • For an Iraqi man, strike meant loss of sister and her family
    For an Iraqi man, strike meant loss of sister and her family

    , richmond.com

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — He first found the body of his nephew. Then as rescue workers pulled more and more bodies out of the pile of concrete that was once his sister's home in western Mosul, it was too much for Mahmoud Salem Ismail. He collapsed next to the body bags on the ground. "Some people were burned, some were cut in half," Ismail said this week, recounting the March 17 blast in which his sister Bushra and 14 of his relatives died

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  • Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor
    Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor

    , reuters.com

    ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was "promoting the development of 'own-brand' weapons" to provide its insurgents with otherwise unavailable armaments. "The (IED) can be thrown, launched from an improvised rifle attachment, or in its most recent phases of development, dropped from a commercial, off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone," CAR said in a report following visits to Mosul in November, February and March

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  • Filmmaker: To Help Iraq, Western World Must Connect With its Everyday People
    Filmmaker: To Help Iraq, Western World Must Connect With its Everyday People

    , voanews.com

    LONDON — War-torn Iraq may never recover unless the Western world learns to connect and identify with the people of the Middle Eastern nation, a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker said on Friday. His documentary film "Nowhere to Hide" could help Westerners to understand and empathize with the suffering of Iraqi families, Zaradasht Ahmed told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview. Filmed in northern Iraq over five years, "Nowhere to Hide" recounts the rise of Islamic State that in 2014 took over the town of Jalawla, northeast of Baghdad, through the eyes of a young medic working in a hospital

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  • President Donald Trump signs new travel ban, exempts Iraq
    President Donald Trump signs new travel ban, exempts Iraq

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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, notably dropping Iraq from January's previous order. The new travel ban comes six weeks after Trump's original executive order was rolled out to chaos and confusion at airports nationwide, and eventually blocked by a federal court. The ban covers Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Iraq will "increase cooperation with the US government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States," according to an administration fact sheet

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